Presented by Black Swan State Theate Company
2019 SEASON - WHERE THE HEART IS
Memories, people, places; a unique imprint of belonging exists in each of our hearts and minds. While some yearn to find home, others forever run from it. In the end, we all share the journey in the search for our identity. What does belonging mean to you? What happens when home isn’t what we imagined it to be, and how do we influence others’ sense of it?
In 2019, we continue to curate with themes and conversations that resonate with our Western Australian community. Including a range of activations, entertaining events and exciting extras to round out your theatre experience with us.
The year begins with our Perth Festival offering, the Pulitzer prize-winning American drama Our Town by Thornton Wilder. This will be a one-of-a-kind theatre event celebrating the extraordinary lives of ordinary people under the stars in the State Theatre Centre Courtyard. Directed by Clare Watson with a cast of professional actors and featuring members from our community.
Back by popular demand will be Julia Hales’ You Know We Belong Together, presented in the Heath Ledger Theatre. This co-production with Perth Festival and DADAA follows Julia’s experience as a daughter, actor, dreamer and person with Down syndrome. For those that missed this joyful celebration of community spirit and love last year - you have one more chance to see this extraordinary show.
Water is the third play in the 2019 season and a world premiere new Australian work by Jane Bodie. The story follows the journey of families born at different times in our country’s history who are seeking safe passage for their loved ones. An epic drama about what it means to be free, is politically charged and topically relevant.
We then present the overlooked Australian classic The Torrents by Oriel Gray in a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. Set in the 1890s Goldfields, where J.G. Milford arrives to take a job at the local paper, for a reception that neither she nor the community expects. This newsroom comedy was joint winner with Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for Best Play of the Year in 1955. Starring Helpmann Award-winning comedian Celia Pacquola (ABC’s Rosehaven, Utopia), we hope to bring this neglected classic back into the spotlight.
A radical update of Euripides’ Medea by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks follows next. An exciting new drama in collaboration with WA Youth Theatre Company that observes one of history’s most notorious family breakdowns. A smart, sharp and bittersweet story told from the perspective of the two children of Medea and Jason.
The raucous smash hit Black Is The New White by Nakkiah Lui comes to Perth next, from sell out seasons in Sydney. It’s a hilarious meet-the-parents shake down presented with Sydney Theatre Company. A very Australian romantic comedy that will have you laughing – or gasping – in the aisles.
Our final play of 2019 is Fully Sikh, a world premiere co-production with Barking Gecko Theatre Company. Written and performed by Australia’s Got Talent sensation Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa – this is the first Aussie Sikh story to hit our stages. Slam poetry from our suburbs like you’ve never seen before.
Join us in 2019 as we explore ‘Where the Heart Is’.
Ticket Packages available now at bsstc.com.au. Single tickets available from 5 November 2018.
View our All Events page to view upcoming events accross all venues.